General Chemistry Program

General information for Spring 2021 General Chemistry Courses

Mask and Social Distancing Policy

In accordance with University guidelines, students must wear UK-approved face coverings in the classroom and academic buildings (e.g., faculty offices, laboratories, libraries, performance/design studios, and common study areas where students might congregate). If UK-approved face coverings are not worn over the nose and mouth, students will be asked to leave the classroom.

Students should complete their daily online wellness screening before accessing university facilities and arriving to class. Students should not move chairs or barriers in classrooms and should socially distance at all times, leaving a six (6) foot radius from other people. Masks and hand sanitizer can be found in campus buildings, if needed. Students should leave enough space when entering and exiting a room. Students should not crowd doorways at the beginning or end of class.

The instructor may choose to remove a mask when pedagogically necessary at the front of the classroom and behind a clear barrier. The instructor’s mask will be replaced when it is no longer necessary to have it removed, or when the class meeting is complete.


The General Chemistry program at the University of Kentucky includes 11 courses. With so many courses, there are many people involved in teaching and supporting the courses.  During each semester (Fall and Spring), we have an average of

  • 2000–2500 students
  • 8–10 instructors
  • 35–40 teaching assistants
  • 35+ exams including over 1000 questions

Tasks like calculating course grades take time and we get many emails each day. To help all students as efficiently as possible, include enough information in your email so we can act on it.

The General Chemistry Program recognizes the high cost of textbooks and works to lower those costs whenever possible. Some courses use textbooks from OpenStax or LibreText, which are Open Educational Resources (OER) that are freely available online. The instructors, Department of Chemistry, and University receive NO compensation (money or in-kind contributions) for your use of these materials or purchase of a print copy (OpenStax). Some instructors make their notes available at a local print shop but receive NO compensation from your purchase.  These materials are always available free on the Canvas course site.
The lab manuals for CHE 111 and 113 have been written over the years by many people within the Department of Chemistry which owns the copyright to those materials (unless otherwise noted in the lab manual). A small royalty fee (~$1) is added to the cost of each lab manual. This money goes to the Department of Chemistry, NOT any individuals, and is used to fund needs within the Department and General Chemistry program.
All course material posted in the syllabus, on Canvas, or in any course tool is copyrighted. Therefore, transcribing or recording and then selling, publishing or posting any of the lecture material presented in class is strictly prohibited. This applies, in particular, to “professional” note-taking services and companies that publish such material on the internet, in any written, audio, or video format. Students must obtain permission from the instructor to create any audio or video recordings of any class activities. Violation of this policy is considered an academic offense.

 

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